‘Gnome Mplayer’ is a graphical front-end that makes use of the awesome features MPLayer has. It comes with reasonable amount of options, supports playlists, and lets you tweak few additional settings as well. Recently it was updated to ‘1.0.7’ version, and among other things, this update has brought the ‘indicator-sound’ support for Ubuntu, so you can control it directly from the ‘Volume icon’ in Unity desktop.
It also does not use a lot memory when running, though not exactly a lightweight player, the memory consumption (heavily depends file it’s playing: resolution, bitrate, codec, video filters etc) was more than acceptable when comparing with other players.
I compared its memory consumption with ‘Totem’, and while playing an audio file ‘Gnome Mplayer’ (including ‘mplayer’) used lower memory than Totem did. However, when playing a video, it used a few more megabytes.
Anyhow, it also comes with a transparent playback controllers (fullscreen), has a visualization plugin called ‘audio meter’, supports showing codec related advanced info (codec name, bitrate, video resolution, FPS etc), take screenshots, open DVD (or any disc) TV or an iPod device directly from the menu, show/hide playlists, Ubuntu’s notification message support … are again, just a few of its features to mention.
As mentioned above, you can also use its ‘Preferences’ window to fine-tune few additional settings such as: Changing the Audio/Video Output, add video post-processing filters (for enhancing), change volume gain settings, enable ‘cache’ when playing, change playlist based settings and many more.
If you are using Ubuntu 12.10 and want to give it a try, then open your Terminal and enter the below commands.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gilir/lubuntu
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-mplayer
Then search for it in the ‘Dash’ to launch.
How to make it the default multimedia player in Ubuntu 12.10 ?
By default, ‘Gnome Mplayer’ adds itself into the context menu of Nautilus, so you can right click on a multimedia file and open it using ‘Gnome Mplayer. But if you prefer it over Totem (I totally get it :D), then you easily make it the default video player using the below steps.
1. First, click on the ‘Dash’ icon and search for the following term.
Once ‘Dash’ finds it, click on its icon to open it.
2. Now from the next window you get, from the left menu, choose, ‘Default Applications’. Then click on the drop-down menu on the option ‘Video’ and from the list choose ‘Gnome Mplayer’.
That’s it (you can always rollback your changes by selecting ‘Totem’ from the ‘Video’ drop-down menu).